The first Concert I ever went to

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  • equalsqlequalsql Frets: 3161
    The first gig I ever went to, where I bought the ticket myself was Status Quo 26th March 1973 at Southampton Guildhall.
    It was their Piledriver tour. It were feckin' loud too!!  :)
    (pronounced: equal-sequel)   "I suffered for my art.. now it's your turn"
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  • Status Quo at the Caird Hall, Dundee in 1984. I was 9 years old. I still have the ticket stub somewhere, but I know it cost the princely sum of £7.50. I found an audience bootleg recording of it a few weeks ago, which is handy as I have little or no recollection of the whole show!

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  • munckeemunckee Frets: 1428
    CloudNine said:
    Rage Against The Machine at Liverpool Royal Court, 1993 I think. Total and utter mayhem, actually quite scary. Health and safety would not allow it these days.
    A friend of mine (who is white) was at a rap gig in Brixton where the 'group' chanted "shoot the white people" for a good couple of minutes.  He figured discretion was the better part of valour and joined in the chanting!
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  • GassageGassage Frets: 20375
    The Stranglers, Bham Top Rank, October 1979. Unbelievable.

    Donald Trump has spoken movingly about 7-Eleven. It reminded him, he said, of the way Americans came together in 1941 after Pearl Necklace.

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  • markjmarkj Frets: 229
    5th November 1978 AC/DC. Liverpool empire. Bonn Scott giving it all he had. Still have the ticket stub.
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  • RabsRabs Frets: 978
    edited February 14
    Skid Row, Docklands Arena 1991... The main thing I remember from that gig is Sebastian Bach hanging upside down from the stage props and still actually singing every note in tune...  :)
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  • Ocean Colour Scene at the Tiv in Buckley in 95. I was 15. They'd just realsed Mosley Shoals - I cant believe they were playing such a small venue. 
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  • ClashmanClashman Frets: 153
    Thanks for all the contributions. I too remember the concerts being too loud
    I could well have damaged my ears but a School friend brought some cotton
    wool with him to put in our ears..
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  • blobbblobb Frets: 849
    Growing up in deepest darkest Mid-Wales, I watched hundreds of bands playing at 'parties in the hills' type gatherings. Impromptu festivals organised away from the mainstream where the only payment was whatever could be spared, chucked into a bucket for 'Diesel' and whatnot. Great times they were, scruffy oiks dancing all night to bands on the back of flat bed trailers, diesel generators, that sort of thing. I didn't have much access to the exotic world of proper gigs until I ventured out into the big wide world and ended up buying my first ticket for an Ozrics gig at South Parade pier in Portsmouth c1992. Trouble was, I took a load of magic mushrooms and sat in the floor watching the fruit salad light show projected onto the ceiling coving all night. So I can't say I saw much of the band. The Rave scene killed off most of the old free band thing unfortunately. It still goes on but I can't stand all that thump thump thump nonsense they call 'Tuuunes!  Processions of one man DJ shows, albeit very good at what they do, but I can't help feeling that we lost something when that happened. Nothing beats the sound of cranked up amplifiers echoing off the hills as the sun rises.
    Feelin' Reelin' & Squeelin'
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  • DopesickDopesick Frets: 1022
    First festival was 2000 (Reading)

    However, first gig was seeing Fear Factory with the marvellous earthtone9 at the London Astoria in 2001. There was a G-A-Y night on after the show and there were hundreds of balloons on the ceiling held up by a huge net. FF got the venue to release all the balloons during 'Self Bias Resistor'. Was like a birthday party at a mental hospital.
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  • First proper gig was Sex Pistols/The Clash/Heartbreakers at Cleethorpes Winter Gardens. Nov or Dec 76 (can't remember which) on the Anarchy Tour. I was 15. Not a bad intro to live music! 
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  • SamgbSamgb Frets: 632
    Motorhead, Leicester De Montfort Hall, 1991, with support from The Almighty. I was 15 and it was so loud I had to have the rest of the week off school because I couldn't hear a thing
    I saw them on that tour at Liverpool University. Ball bustingly loud. A fucking sonic wave.

    My first gig was a couple of years earlier. 89/90 Black Sabbath Headless Cross tour. Tony Iommi, Tony Martin on vocals, Neil Murray on bass, Cozy Powell on drums. Ok, it wasnt Ozzy, Bill and Geezer but it was still pretty mega. 
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  • JAYJOJAYJO Frets: 809
    just checked the gig list and the first gig i saw was The Skids march 17 1979. They played two shows and i went to the matinee at erics. I was shit scared of all the punks hanging round in them days. Pete Burns worked in Probe Record shop and you could pre order singles for the following week etc. He was by far the most outrageous character i had ever seen seen Scared me more than the punks. He wore a full length black ball gown,huge permed hair and a load of piercings and lipstick. He would be serving Punks, Mods , Rockers etc He had a lot of Bottle that Pete Burns.Amazing Character.
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  • AlnicoAlnico Frets: 4220
    edited February 21
    Aerosmith, 1989, The 'Pump' Tour, Birmingham NEC.

    Me and Sarah McNally getting trains to places we'd no clue about and eventually getting home about 6am.
    It was amazing.
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  • ClashmanClashman Frets: 153
    I remember shouting at a few people in a famous Leeds pub who saw The Who live in the Refectory they both  said it's your round mate.

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  • ClashmanClashman Frets: 153
    Just watched Into the Valley as bought quite a few punk records in 78/79/80
    unfortunately my white vinyl copy was binned when it cracked somehow...  
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  • exocetexocet Frets: 545
    Motorhead - Hammersmith Odeon in 1982 
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  • quarkyquarky Frets: 2251
    edited February 24
    My first was Meat Loaf on the Bat Out of Hell II Tour - October 6th, 1993. Right at the front leaning on the stage (it was supposed to be seated). It was a great show.
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  • ICBMICBM Frets: 32273
    quarky said:
    My first was Meat Loaf on the Bat Out of Hell II Tour - October 6th, 1993. Right at the front leaning on the stage (it was supposed to be seated). It was a great show.
    I did that with Belinda Carlisle on the Heaven On Earth tour. Absolutely great :).
    "Take these three items, some WD-40, a vise grip, and a roll of duct tape. Any man worth his salt can fix almost any problem with this stuff alone."
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  • davewwdaveww Frets: 146
    Mine was in 1973 - ELO at the Rainbow Pavilion Torquay.  On holiday and went on my own while my mom and dad waited outside.
    You can pick your nose and pick your friends but you can't pick your friends nose
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  • Tone71Tone71 Frets: 236
    David Bowie - Glass Spider 1987 at Wembley, got pretty close to the stage and said to my mate "hang on I`m going for a piss, back soon" without thinking that the chances of making it back through however many thousand people was impossible, it was.

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  • AlnicoAlnico Frets: 4220
    quarky said:
    My first was Meat Loaf on the Bat Out of Hell II Tour - October 6th, 1993. Right at the front leaning on the stage (it was supposed to be seated). It was a great show.
    I saw that show that year in Birmingham at the NEC.
    'Paradise by the dashboard light' was Epic and 'She' did the first half of the song dressed in a big, frilly 50's style, innocent looking dress until the 'Argument' section where she wants to know if he'll love her forever and he wants to sleep on it...
    They got a few bars into that bit and then everything stopped for them to have a full-on, improvised domestic couples argument on stage. It was brilliant. All about how she leaves her knickers all over the floor and he never washes up or buys her flowers etc. Must have gone on for about 5 minutes and then from the centre of that massive stage, after being nose to nose arguing they both turn and walk away from each other, one stage left, one stage right.
    As they do she gets to her end of the stage slightly before he does, reaches around to the back of her neck and RIPS this entire dress off (Velcro) in one go to reveal a leather-clad dominatrix. Puts her hands on her hips and just waits for him to turn around when he reaches stage left.
    As he does that he's saying things like "I am so sick of you, I will NEVER look at you again, it's Over!!"

    Then he turns to see her and it's just the funniest thing ever, his reactions and how she REALLY vamps it all up.
    The band starts again and the song finishes with real balls.

    I'm not the biggest Meat Loaf fan although I do like him and Jim Steinman but that show and that song will stay with me forever.
    Brilliant concert.

    God Bless the 90's.
    :)

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  • First gig was Rory Gallagher in '75 at the Liverpool Empire... bloody fantastic. Saw loads of gigs from there, but nothing ever captured the charisma he had with the audience, felt like he was your best mate.

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  • Hick81Hick81 Frets: 69
    1996, Manic Street Preachers at Donny Dome, supported by The Boo Radleys - who were pelted with bottles for pulling out the acoustic guitars on the 2nd song. I remember making it through the Manics 1st song (Australia) holding onto the barriers for dear life before being kicked in the face by crowd surfers and pushed to the floor. At that point I made a hasty retreat to the back of the room. 


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  • The Undertones, Judas Priest with Status Quo headlining. A stadium in Dublin in the late 70's. I know that the Quo are a bit of a Butlins type of act now but then, in front of 20,000 bikers and hell's angels and me, they really laid it down. 
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  • TTBZTTBZ Frets: 578
    edited February 27
    Janes Addiction on the Strays tour at Wolves civic hall. Think I would have been about 14 or something. I thought it was great but reports from others on that tour weren't so good! 
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  • KebabkidKebabkid Frets: 1414
    Van Halen at The Rainbow Theatre, London (29/06/79)
     www.cairoeast.co.uk - Madness Tribute band (Bass Player) and guitarist elsewhere
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  • ICBMICBM Frets: 32273
    The Undertones, Judas Priest with Status Quo headlining. A stadium in Dublin in the late 70's. I know that the Quo are a bit of a Butlins type of act now but then, in front of 20,000 bikers and hell's angels and me, they really laid it down. 
    Quo were a different band then. I saw them on the recent 'Frantic Four' reunion tour and they were fantastic - really rocking and not remotely Butlins... I've got a download of the gig and it's not very different from the 1977 Live! album.

    The sad irony is that Alan Lancaster was the one who looked in poor health - there was a rumour that they may have decided to put their differences aside for his benefit as much as anything - but it's Rick Parfitt who is no longer with us now :(.
    "Take these three items, some WD-40, a vise grip, and a roll of duct tape. Any man worth his salt can fix almost any problem with this stuff alone."
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  • lentolento Frets: 62
    Saw The Beatles way back in November 1963 at the height of their Merseybeat fame.
    They were headlining a typical 'package' tour, which usually meant 4 or 5 other acts who'd had a little or moderate success too.
    The others would play for 10 or 15 minutes while the Fab Four did 25 or 30 mins .....

    The Gaumont in Cheltenham (my home town) was the venue and, as you could imagine, non-stop screaming from start to finish ..... But I do remember being impressed by hearing what little I could from their Vox amps and 4 x 10" columns, supplemented by the theatre's.

    Ticket price was 12s 6d - or 62.5 pence !
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  • SchmoSchmo Frets: 8
    Ozzy with Randy, plus Budgie supporting at Dundee Caird Hall, 1980. Life changing...
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